Odontology & Maxillofacial Surgery
The Odontology and Maxillofacial Surgery clinic covers four odontologic specialist units - maxillofacial surgery, maxillofacial orthopedics, maxillofacial x-ray and hospital odontology. The units all conduct research within the research area oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Within our research, we develop methods for prevention of injuries in the jaw, improvement of survival, and improvement of chewing function. Congenital defects are treated, as well as injuries caused by diseases or trauma, such as cleft lip, jaw and palate or defects after cancer operations. The resarch is conducted in close collaboration and in many parts together with research areas Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery.
- Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
- The objective of this cross-clinic project is to create a platform from which to develop treatment of diseases of the jaw, facial skeleton and cranium.
- Oral cancer; tobacco, virus, alcohol and malignant cell transformation
- Lifestyle aspects, tobacco, alcohol, infections, diet and oral hygiene comprise risk factors for developing oral cancer.
- Reconstruction and rehabilitation
- Each year a large number of people are involved in serious accidents in which they sustain severe head and facial injuries, while others develop cancer of the head and neck region, or are born with craniofacial malformations. The severe problems that result can often be alleviated by reconstructive surgery.
- Bone regeneration and osseointegrated implants
- Surgical interventions and the use of biomaterials that result in positive gain for the patient needs to be evaluated both in the clinic and the laboratory. This is done in our project in collaboration with national and international co-workers from the industry and academic sciences.
- Functional outcome, quality of life
- The face is a crucial and complex part of the human body that is the centre of a host of important functions with great implications for the direct and indirect survival of the individual. Facial fractures are common in conjunction with motor vehicle accidents, abuse, sports-related accidents and accidents at work.
- Telemedicine as a supplement in the daily practice of dentistry
- In odontology, specialist consultation is of great importance with regard to pathological changes in the oral cavity and bordering regions. To find a new, more efficient and cost-effective approach, a telemedicine network has been developed for the maxillofacial surgery clinics at the Uppsala University Hospital and the outpatient dental and medical clinics in Uppsala County.